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Teenage Liz Sherman Steps Up ‘B.P.R.D.: The Dead Remembered’ [Preview]

On sale now from Dark Horse is the first issue of B.P.R.D.: The Dead Remembered. Co-written by creator Mike Mignola and longtime Hellboy editor Scott Allie with art by Karl Moline & Andy Owens and cover by Jo Chen, the three-part miniseries is a standout tale in the history of the B.P.R.D. saga (a favorite of ComicsAlliance), spotlighting for the first time the pyrokinetic Liz Sherman as a young girl coming to grips with her abilities and their terrible consequences. The Dead Remembered features wayward B.P.R.D. member Hellboy in a major role, and you can check out a preview below.Liz Sherman was just 11-years-old when her pyrokinetic powers flamed on and accidentally killed her family. Consequently, the young girl was entrusted to the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, where she grew up with Hellboy and his cast of heroic freaks.

Co-writer Scott Allie discussed the story at length with Comic Book Resources.

Mike [Mignola] never really writes [Liz Sherman] as a [little] girl, never diminishes her individuality in stereotypical comic-book ways. So I get to do that. I’m actually writing her as a young girl, fourteen years old, still quite immature, and still reeling from what happened to her family. We’ve mostly always seen the Liz that has blocked out the pain. Here we see the Liz with whom the pain is fresh, the memory of her family still vivid, and I make her relive that, for the first time in the comics. What I really wanted to do when I started thinking about this story was to do a classic horror story with Liz as a still vulnerable young character, but I was really excited when I realized this was the perfect place to do a scene that’s absolutely essential to the Hellboy storyline, but which we’ve barely ever even brushed up against.

In the best Hellboy tradition, The Dead Remembered’s exploration of Sherman’s early years is set against some creepy occultist folklore. Specifically, the witch hunts of America’s past, from which a ghost continues to haunt the present-day citizens of New England. Naturally, Hellboy is dispatched to take care of things, and he brings young Liz along.

B.P.R.D.: The Dead Remembered #1 is on sale now in finer comics stores.

Writer: Mike Mignola, Scott Allie
Penciller: Karl Moline
Inker: Andy Owens
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Jo Chen

Three years after accidently burning her family alive, 14-year-old firestarter Liz Sherman travels with Professor Broom to investigate a small New England town, where a terrible witch hunt occurred and a ghost plagues a priest’s house.

* Cover by Jo Chen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8)

* Art by Fray artist Karl Moline!

* Ghosts, witches, and haunted houses!

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